"Part of the core remit of SWI swissinfo.ch is to convey deeply rooted Swiss values such as democracy, solidarity, freedom, peace, respect and tolerance to the international community."

Peter Schibli
Director, SWI swissinfo.ch

FOREWORD TO THE
2016 ANNUAL REPORT

We are often asked how SWI swissinfo.ch (SWI) selects its topics. And given the almost endless torrent of information, it's a fair question. In the past media professionals thought they knew what readers wanted and needed, and they made their own decisions about what to report on. But those times are gone. Today empirical analysis, together with user surveys and comments, makes it possible to identify public preferences with a relatively high degree of precision.

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IN CONVERSATION WITH LARISSA M. BIELER

"Switzerland has strong global interrelationships: it shapes foreign countries, it exercises influence, it depends on foreign countries – journalistically we have to position ourselves more strongly"

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Regula Bührer Fecker

SWI swissinfo.ch Committee
Lucy Küng

SWI swissinfo.ch Committee
Oscar Knapp

Ombudswoman SWI
Sylvia Egli von Matt

SWI swissinfo.ch 360°

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"TWITTERVIEW" WITH BALZ RIGENDINGER

Chief Editor for Switzerland

"Our work is an important element in ensuring the transparency of our operational value transfers, and of our productivity. This allows us to continue targeting our services for maximum effect."

Peter Zschaler
Head of Finances and Controlling, Dep. Director

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WHAT DOES
SWI SWISSINFO.CH
ACTUALLY DO?

SOCIAL MEDIA AT
SWI SWISSINFO.CH
in 2017

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The Public Council of SWI swissinfo.ch looks back at 2017

We asked the members of the Public Council to answer the following two questions and to take a look back at 2017.

  • Why was the ten-language platform swissinfo.ch particularly important in 2017?
  • What was an editorial highlight or an especially interesting report for you on www.swissinfo.ch?

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Introducing the Multimedia team
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The rigmarole of naturalisation
It's nearly four decades since Rolf Lyssy's film 'The Swissmakers' poked fun at the Swiss for making it so hard to get a passport. But have things really changed ...
Making a classic cheese
Vacherin Mont-d'Or is a Swiss speciality. But producing the cheese is not without its challenges. (SRF/swissinfo.ch) Vacherin Mont-d'Or is a seasonal cheese ...
How Botox affects our brain
University of Zurich researchers examining the impact of Botox injections have found that it can have a side-effect elsewhere in the brain. (SRF/swissinfo.ch)--- ...
A new way to protect sheep from wolves
The Swiss authorities are experimenting with a new way of protecting sheep flocks from wolves: llamas could be used in some cases to replace protection dogs, ...
Le Corbusier: why he is adored and detested
Le Corbusier was an internationally influential Swiss artist, architect and designer. His dubious associations with totalitarian regimes have failed to diminish his ...
Swiss building moved in spectacular engineering feat
In the largest undertaking its kind in Europe, a 6200-tonne building is being shifted in one piece 60 metres westward. The old management building of the former ...
Jetman flies over the Swiss Alps
Wearing a custom-built jet suit and a jet-propelled wing, Swiss pilot Yves Rossy flies alongside two Albatross jets.
Switzerland's direct democracy
Together with neutrality and federalism, direct democracy is a part of the Swiss national identity and helps unite the various languages, religions and cultures in ...
The Swiss Susan Boyle
Maya Wirz has won the television talent competition,Switzerland's Got Talent 2011. Her hometown near Basel might soon be looking for a new bus driver: if the ...
A day in the life of a Franciscan friar
50 years ago the first group of Franciscan friars came to live on the Werd island in Stein am Rhein in northeastern Switzerland. As in the past, the friars go out on ...

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SWI Highlights 2017

SWI swissinfo.ch Audience Council

In accordance with the SWI swissinfo.ch swisconstitution, the Public Council ensures close contact between the programme managers and the audience.

The Public Council advises the managers in all programme matters and monitors and supports programme work with observations, suggestions and ideas. It regularly evaluates the development, organization and success of the international mandate in terms of quality, relevance, variety and uniqueness.

Urs Ziswiler, President of the Public Council
Former ambassador (Canada, USA, Spain), member of the Board of Directors and member of various committees since 2013, Zurich

Diccon Bewes, Vice-president
author and bookseller, Berne

Chok Woo
Engineer and manager, Berne

Marina Karlin
Publishing director, editor and journalist, Zurich

Cinzia dal Zotto 
Professor at the University of Neuchâtel

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"Switzerland as it lives and functions. We explain our country for a foreign-based audience. The Swiss Department produces unbiased, in-depth, non-sensational items on key issues and events from Switzerland." 

Balz Rigendinger
Head of the Swiss Department

THE OSA AND
SWI SWISSINFO.CH

A summary by
Ariane Rustichelli,
Director of the OSA

Key figures

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201720162015
Operating result (CHF 1'000) 13 -216 0
Total expenditure (CHF 1'000) 18'807 18'817 17'732
Total return (CHF 1'000) 18'820 18'601 17'732
Financing SWI swissinfo.ch
Proportion SRG SSR (in %) 49.9 51.3 50.0
Proportion Confederation (in %) 49.9 48.5 49.5
Proportion SWI swissinfo.ch (in %) 0.2 0.2 0.5
Investments (CHF 1'000) 377 189 310
Proportion of turnover committed to investment (in %) 2.0 1.0 1.7
Depreciation (CHF 1'000) 370.0 478.0 505.0
Equity capital (CHF 1'000) 1'466 1'453 1'669
Provision (CHF 1'000) 630 1'345 581
Full-time positions 85 85 85
Salary increase (in %) 0.0 0.0 0.0

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